Washington Commons staff rallies around residents during Hurricane Matthew
October was a busy month for residents and community management team members at Holiday Retirement at Washington Commons—a month made even busier by Hurricane Matthew.
The senior living community in Evans, Georgia, was keeping a close eye on the weather as the tropical storm continued to pick up steam, turning into Hurricane Matthew in early October. Once it was understood that Washington Commons would either be directly affected by the storm, or serve in a supportive role in some way, the community management team sprang into action.
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Courtney Clark, maintenance technician for Washington Commons, quickly located all of the flashlights at the retirement community and ensured there was an ample supply of batteries. Clark then properly stored and secured all the outside furniture and décor so they would not be affected by high winds in the area.
Sharon Lanier, bus driver for Washington Commons, promptly filled up the bus’ gas tank so she would be ready to pick up residents from a neighboring Holiday Retirement community and bring them back to Washington Commons until Hurricane Matthew had passed. Fortunately, buses were provided for residents at Holiday Retirement at Ashley Park, and residents were transported safely to Washington Commons to wait out the storm.
Jeff Michaels, co-manager, and Cory Stepanski, area maintenance director, for Washington Commons, made accurate and timely communication a priority. They kept the residents and team members properly updated on the changing weather conditions and rearranged furniture to allow for additional Holiday Retirement community residents to have a safe place to stay.
Julie Michaels, enrichment coordinator for Washington Commons, prepared a detailed shopping list of hurricane supplies to help the senior living community weather the storm. Stepanski completed the shopping trip and stocked Washington Commons with air mattresses and bottled water, among other supplies, to welcome Ashley Park residents.
Richard Morales, chef for Washington Commons, shifted into high gear placing an early delivery of food with additional items for the Ashley Park residents and paper goods in the event the community should lose power during the storm. Snacks and drinks were prepared and waiting for Ashley Park residents upon their arrival at Washington Commons.
“This was truly a team effort on the part of everyone at Washington Commons,” said Patricia McKellar, community flex manager for Holiday Retirement at Jackson Meadow. “I am so proud of their work and all their efforts helping to keep our residents feeling safe during Hurricane Matthew.”
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